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[[File:Thomas Aquinas in Stained Glass.jpg|thumb|When what is ordered by an authority is opposed to the object for which that authority was constituted (if, for example, some sinful action is commanded or one which is contrary to virtue, when it is precisely for the protection and fostering of virtue that authority is instituted). In such a case, not only is there no obligation to obey the authority, but one is obliged to disobey it, as did the holy martyrs who suffered death rather than obey the impious commands of tyrants. ~ [[Thomas Aquinas]]]]
[[File:Percy Bysshe Shelley by Alfred Clint.jpg|thumb|Obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automaton. ~ [[Percy Bysshe Shelley]]]]
[[File:Solon.jpg|thumb|You made your rulers mighty, gave them guards, so now you groan 'neath slavery's heavy rod. ~ [[Solon|Solon of Athens]]]]
[[File:VajraMudra.JPG|thumb|right|Whereas some ascetics and Brahmins ... remain addicted to such things as running errands and messages, such as for kings, ministers, nobles, Brahmins, householders and young men who say, "Go here, go there! Take this there, bring that from there," the ascetic Gotama refrains from such errand-running. ~ [[Gautama Buddha]]]]
[[File:Rembrandt - Apostle Paul - WGA19120.jpg|thumb|right|The order of authority derives from God, as [[Paul of Tarsus|the Apostle]] says [in [[Epistle to the Romans|Romans]] 13:1-7]. For this reason, the duty of obedience is, for the Christian, a consequence of this derivation of authority from God, and ceases when that ceases. But, as we have already said, authority may fail to derive from God for two reasons: either because of the way in which authority has been obtained, or in consequence of the use which is made of it. ~ [[Thomas Aquinas]]]]
[[File:Reggio calabria santuario san paolo particolare nicchia destra.jpg|thumb|right|The wise man must not be ordered but must order, and he must not obey another, but the less wise must obey him. ~ [[Aristotle]]]]
[[File:The Apostle Luke. Mironov.jpg|thumb|right|We must obey [[God]] rather than men. ~ [[Luke the Evangelist]]]]
[[File:Appearance of Catherine II by Benois.jpg|thumb|Men accept [[servility]] in order to acquire [[wealth]]; as if they could acquire anything of their own when they cannot even assert that they belong to themselves. ~ [[Étienne de La Boétie]]]]
[[File:Popelin Prix de Rome.JPG|thumb|We will not obey the king’s words by turning aside from our religion. ~ [[w:Mattathias|Mattathias]]]]
[[File:Simone Weil 11.jpg|thumb|The thought of being under absolute compulsion, the plaything of another, is unendurable for a human being. Hence, if every way of escape from the constraint is taken from him, there is nothing left for him to do but to persuade himself that he does the things he is forced to do willingly, that is to say, to substitute devotion for obedience. ~ [[Simone Weil]]]]

- Rupert Loup 19:35, 18 April 2020 (UTC)